Triumph for Edinburgh’s small businesses

by Shiv Das

A global leader in document generation, and a small business specialising in eco-friendly packaging and catering disposables made from plants, are amongst four Edinburgh companies which have picked up Queen’s Awards, announced yesterday.
HotDocs , which allows customers to convert documents into process applications, can already boast an impressive resume of achievements including the Law Office Computing Reader’s Choice Award for Document Assembly and the TechnoLawyer Reader’s Choice Award for Document Assembly and Automation. They achieved a Queens Award in International Trade.

Vegware, was the only Edinburgh-based company to win an award under the ‘Sustainable Development’ category. Their innovation and success has seen them named best small company in Britain, and win the £10,000 Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Streamline UK company of the year award . They are now in talks to set up an office in Australia, and the company’s new city headquarters, three times the size of it’s current office, is set to open next month. Their award-winning packaging is made from low-carbon, recycled and renewable materials. Joe Frankler, Managing Director and Founder, said ‘The Queen’s Award is royal recognition that Vegware is making a positive contribution to the UK economy and global sustainability, and the competitive FSB Streamline Awards celebrates Vegware as the UK’s best small business’’.

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The other Edinburgh businesses to win Queens Awards were Petroleum Experts Limited, an engineering company which creates a set of petroleum engineering software tools, and brewing giant The Innis & Gunn Brewing Company. Both won awards under the ‘International Trade’ section.

Interview with Lucy Frankel, Communication Manager of Vegware.